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17th Dec '17 11:25:44 AM tesoroazul90
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** The man that Laila and Mariam [[spoiler:decide to trust to help them escape the country. He acts very friendly and helpful, then betrays them at the last minute.]]

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** The man that Laila and Mariam [[spoiler:decide to trust to help them escape the country. He acts very friendly and helpful, then betrays helpful only to betray them at the last minute.]]
17th Dec '17 11:24:43 AM tesoroazul90
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* BitchInSheepsClothing:
** Rasheed acts like this towards Laila when the two stories combine, nursing her back to health from the bombing along with Mariam and treating her with great care and respect. Both Mariam and the readers can tell from the start it's all an act.
** The man that Laila and Mariam [[spoiler:decide to trust to help them escape the country. He acts very friendly and helpful, then betrays them at the last minute.]]
17th Dec '17 11:10:03 AM tesoroazul90
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* TheirFirstTime: Laila and Tariq lose their virginity to each other as teenagers, both out of a desire for each other, but also because of the war and Tariq leaving, making them afraid they might not see each other again for a while, if ever.
17th Dec '17 7:12:50 AM tesoroazul90
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* LeftHanging: One chapter has Laila stand up to Rasheed by down right ''punching'' him. In retaliation, Rasheed gets his gun and shoves it into Laila's mouth. The chapter ends here, and we're not told what happened afterwards.



* ManipulativeBastard: Rasheed. [[spoiler: To leave Laila no choice but to marry him, he hires a conman that fakes a dying dude and lies to Laila about Tariq's death.]]

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* ManipulativeBastard: ManipulativeBastard:
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Rasheed. [[spoiler: To leave Laila no choice but to marry him, he hires a conman that fakes a dying dude and lies to Laila about Tariq's death.]]



* SecretSecretKeeper: An unsettling example as Laila fears Rasheed knows, or at the least is suspicious that [[spoiler:Aziza is not his daughter. It's not until the climax of the book that he reveals to having figured it out.]]



** Walt Disney’s ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].

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** Walt Disney’s ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].''Pinocchio'']]]].
13th Dec '17 11:32:16 AM tesoroazul90
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After her mother's suicide, Mariam, a lowly [[HeroicBastard harami]] is sent by her rich father to marry Rasheed, a shoemaker living in Kabul. She tries to get used to her new life, but after having many miscarriages, she is made miserable by Rasheed's growing abuse. Years later, the story moves to Laila, an educated girl who lives down the street from Mariam and Rasheed. When Laila is a teenager, her parents get killed by a rocket explosion and she is taken in by Mariam and Rasheed. Eager for a pretty young woman, Rasheed makes Laila his second wife. After some initial friction, Mariam and Laila eventually become best friends and confidantes, united against their common adversary, the abusive and manipulative Rasheed.

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After her mother's suicide, Mariam, a lowly [[HeroicBastard harami]] is sent by her rich father to marry Rasheed, a shoemaker living in Kabul. She tries to get used to her new life, but after having many miscarriages, she is made miserable by Rasheed's growing abuse. Years later, the story moves to Laila, an educated girl who lives down the street from Mariam and Rasheed. When Laila is a teenager, her parents get killed by a rocket explosion and she is taken in by Mariam and Rasheed. Eager for a pretty pretty, young woman, Rasheed makes Laila his second wife. After some initial friction, Mariam and Laila eventually become best friends and confidantes, united against their common adversary, the abusive and manipulative Rasheed.
12th Dec '17 12:26:27 PM tesoroazul90
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* ParentalNeglect: Rasheed to Aziza. And that's when he's being nice.

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* ParentalNeglect: ParentalNeglect:
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Rasheed to Aziza. And that's when he's being nice.



* PetTheDog: Rasheed gives Aziza a stick of gum as a gift [[spoiler: before she is sent to the orphanage.]]

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Rasheed gives Aziza a stick of gum as a gift [[spoiler: before she is sent to the orphanage.]]
** Rasheed [[spoiler:is a really good father to his son, Zalmai, though it's no surprise as he finally gets the son he wanted while his wives and daughter continues to be of no worth to him.
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11th Dec '17 9:18:03 AM Malady
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* CanonWelding: Minor character Zaman, the orphanage director from TheKiteRunner, reappears in this book.

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* CanonWelding: Minor character Zaman, the orphanage director from TheKiteRunner, Literature/TheKiteRunner, reappears in this book.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Hosseini's [[TheKiteRunner previous bestseller]], which featured [[spoiler: a gang of boys anally raping a young child and a couple getting stoned to death]], is practically a ''children's tale'' compared to A Thousand Splendid Suns.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Hosseini's [[TheKiteRunner [[Literature/TheKiteRunner previous bestseller]], which featured [[spoiler: a gang of boys anally raping a young child and a couple getting stoned to death]], is practically a ''children's tale'' compared to A Thousand Splendid Suns.
7th Aug '17 3:53:33 AM Lancelot07
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* TeenagePregnacy: Both Mariam and Laila have this as they get pregnant at 15 years old and 14 years old respectively, at different points in the book.

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* TeenagePregnacy: TeenagePregnancy: Both Mariam and Laila have this as they get pregnant at 15 years old and 14 years old respectively, at different points in the book.
7th Aug '17 3:53:00 AM Lancelot07
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* TeenagePregnacy: Both Mariam and Laila have this as they get pregnant at 15 years old and 14 years old respectively, at different points in the book.
7th Aug '17 3:49:09 AM Lancelot07
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** Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].
** [[Film/Titanic1997 Titanic]], which the citizens of Kabul watch in secret due to it being banned by the Taliban. Laila in particular seems to identify with it due to the similarities between herself and [[spoiler: Tariq]], and [[StarCrossedLovers Rose and Jack]]. Later, after the Taliban fall from power, [[spoiler: for Aziza’s birthday the family goes to the cinema to legally watch ''Titanic'' for the first time]].
** [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]], which Zalmai becomes a fan of. [[spoiler: He actually wants to name Laila’s new baby – if it’s a boy – Clark, and can’t understand why that name is considered inappropriate for an Afghan boy]].

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** Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].
** [[Film/Titanic1997 Titanic]], ''[[Film/Titanic1997 Titanic]]'', which the citizens of Kabul watch in secret due to it being banned by the Taliban. Laila in particular seems to identify with it due to the similarities between herself and [[spoiler: Tariq]], and [[StarCrossedLovers Rose and Jack]]. Later, after the Taliban fall from power, [[spoiler: for Aziza’s birthday the family goes to the cinema to legally watch ''Titanic'' for the first time]].
** [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]], ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]]'', which Zalmai becomes a fan of. [[spoiler: He actually wants to name Laila’s new baby – if it’s a boy – Clark, and can’t understand why that name is considered inappropriate for an Afghan boy]].
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